The Dolomites are so beautiful that they have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009. It’s difficult to choose just one route through these mountains – the Dolomites offer so many extraordinary trekking and cycling routes.
In this Collection, I propose an 11-day road bike tour that tackles at least one Dolomite pass each day – so make sure you train beforehand.
This route gets youup close and personal with the most famous peaks of the Dolomites: Pelmo, Civetta, Nuvolau, Marmolada, Sella, Sassolungo... You’ll be awestruck by the mountains here.
On the way, you’ll cross the route of the Alta Via 1 delle Dolomiti. If you have the chance, it’s worth extending your trip by a few days to explore the wonderful hiking routes on foot.
You’ll pass through places that played an important role in history, such as Lagazuoi and Comelico, which were the scenes of bloody battles during the Great War. You'll also explore famous valleys, including Val di Fiemme, Val Pusteria and Val Badia. The small characteristic villages of Corvara, San Candido, Selva di val Gardena and Cortina d'Ampezzo also lie en route, along with plenty of places where you can enjoy the traditional local cuisine.
These 11 days take you deep into different cultures, discovering three areas, which speak different languages.
The climbs range in difficulty. The most challenging are the Fedaia Pass, the Giau Pass and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, which you’ll tackle on the last day, to end the Tour on a high note.
I recommend setting off in bikepacking mode and riding as light as possible. The distances are not long, but the climbs are challenging every day. At the end of each stage, you'll find hotels and flats – remember to book well in advance. You’ll find small villages on each stage for refreshments.
Belluno, the starting town, is easily reached by train, and you can take your bike on board. From Cortina d'Ampezzo at the finish, you can return home thanks to the Bus'n bike service, which allows you to take your bike on the bus.
You can tackle this adventure from May to the end of September, when all the passes are accessible.
To tackle these climbs, bring technical clothing, including a windproof for the long, cold descents. Remember to charge your lights too as they’re very useful in the (few) tunnels en route.
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Last updated: September 6, 2023
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